Changing Your Relationship with Food

Advice + Inspiration, Food + Travel, Health + Fitness, Uncategorized

What’s the perfect diet?

What can and can’t you eat?

How many calories are in that?

Our relationship with food has become exhausting. We constantly beat ourselves up for not being perfect and punish ourselves as a result.

I’m not an expert on the perfect diet, by any means, but I have found a few people who have inspired me to think about food in a new way:

The first is Michael Pollan.

I discovered him on the Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations podcast.

The episode is “Conscious Eating” 

Michael Pollan’s philosophy is that, “three times a day we get to express our values through food.” He believes that we have let convenient foods take over our diets and that this is making us unhealthy. He talks about the power of cooking your own food and knowing exactly what you put into your body.

Read: Michael Cohen’s 7 Rules for Eating.

If you don’t have the podcast app, here’s the audio from it

The second is Mel Wells.

I discovered her on the Earn Your Happy podcast.

The episode is “231: How Healing Your Relationship with FOOD Can Help You LIVE A FULFILLED LIFE” 

Mel’s philosophy is that releasing our need for control around food is the key to having a better life. She emphasizes the importance of listening to your body, letting go of strict rules, and understanding that sometimes our cravings are not actually for the food itself but for some kind of change in our lives.

I summarized her ideas quite a bit, but the podcast I shared with you will do a good job of filling in the gaps and make more sense of the philosophy.

Here website is linked here.

Highly recommend her video as well-

 

Let me know what you think. Thanks 🙂

Interview with a Yoga Teacher

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Have you ever gone to a yoga class or thought of attending one? I went to my first ever yoga class a couple of years ago and was totally shocked to find out that there was more than one form of yoga. Being curious to learn more outside of the classroom, I decided to interview a yoga instructor that I know. Enjoy!

What made you decide to start yoga?

“I always enjoyed yoga but never took a full yoga class until this past January. I started at core power, and I ended up getting a yoga scholarship because I was working there as a part of their work for trade program. ”

What parts of yoga do you enjoy most?

“I like what I learn in yoga. The skills that you learn on the mat can transfer off the mat like self confidence, resilience, and working through challenges.”

So why teach instead of just attending class?

“I wanted to deepen my practice and I know you learn more about yoga philosophy and alignment through becoming a teacher. I wasn’t sure at first about teaching. I was a bit hesitant. But I’m glad I did because now having gone through the training, I know its something I really enjoy doing.”

What was the training program like?

“I did the 200 hour training. We met for 8 weeks 3 times a week in the evenings. On top of that, we had to take 60 yoga classes as part of the certification.”

What was the biggest challenge you faced?

“Public speaking! Learning to speak in front of a room full of strangers for a full hour.”

What advice would you give someone who is going to their first yoga class?

“Know that no one else is looking at you and that any amount of the pose that you’re doing is still the pose. Even if you don’t look like the person next to you, you’re still doing it. Know that everything is optional. As long as you’re breathing, you’re doing it right. Take a break when you need to and listen to your body!”

….advice to someone who wants to become a teacher?

“DO IT! TAKE THE TRAINING! It’s fun- it’s a financial investment so make sure it’s a hobby you want to invest in and know you probably won’t pay off the amount you paid for the training from teaching alone.”

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Yes, this new yoga teacher is my sister lol.. I’m so proud of her! If you’re interested in joining a yoga class join hers at the YWCA 8am on Tuesdays 🙂

No gym? No problem. Here are 7 Fun Neighborhood Workouts

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Stairs! Find a set of stairs and get in the zone.

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Hills! Put on your pump-up playlist on and get excited.

Live near a coffee shop? Run or bike there and get your day started early.

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Grab a basketball, tennis racket, or soccer ball and get playing. Make it fun!

Resistance bands! Find a reliable pole and enjoy the fresh air while getting your strength up.

Find a quiet spot, bring a mat, and practice some yoga.

Invite a friend to go for a walk. Gossiping and walking makes for lots of steps!

 

 

 

 

 

3 Things You Need to Ask Yourself Before Starting A Fitness Journey

Advice + Inspiration, Health + Fitness, Uncategorized

I posted this quote on my Finding Motivation a Tuesday post, but it is too relevant not to say (or write) again:

“Change the approach but never the goal”

How many new year’s resolutions have you written that are almost identical to the ones you wrote the year before?

How many times have you said “I’ll start when ___” or my personal favorite “diet starts tomorrow”?

I have done and said every single one of these.

This post is not to say that I am the expert on fitness, but it is to point out the three questions that need to be answered before you decide how you will approach your fitness goals. Once you take these three questions into consideration – it will make sustaining your new healthy habits that much easier.

Let’s get started:

  1. The first question: “Do I know myself?”

It’s a deep one. I know. Why do I say this? Let me give an example. I like to go to a lot of social events. So, what makes a social gathering an event? Food. And it’s usually not the healthiest.  Knowing this, I used to tell myself that I would eat before I got to an event so that when I got there I wouldn’t eat. That never happened. What ended up happening was I would eat before an event and would still eat when I got there. Every time. It made me realize- for me, eating is a very social activity. If I don’t eat at an event, I feel like I’m insulting the host and am not fully partaking in the experience of the event. Realizing this about myself now, I wait until I arrive at an event to eat. As small of a change as this sounds, it has made a huge difference.

Another example- I have tried several different “diets”- paleo, vegan, gluten-free, eliminating processed foods.. the list goes on. These lifestyles may work perfectly for others! I am not discouraging these ways of eating. I wish I was able to sustain them. However, knowing myself, I know that I will I follow these diets rigidly for a few weeks or months, only to binge on everything I was restricting myself from shortly afterwards.

What I am trying to say is what works for others may not work for you. Know yourself. What can you realistically commit to? Do research and decide whether you’ll feel fulfilled or not with certain eating or exercise habits in the long run. There are healthy habits that are tailored to your lifestyle. Find meaning and purpose in your daily routines, and do it in a way where you feel healthy and most importantly HAPPY!

     2. The second question: “What are my priorities?”

Make a list. Rank them.

Example: 1- School, 2- Working out, 3- Hanging out with friends, etc.

Ranking your priorities helps you organize your day. So, if this was my priorities list, I would make sure I got all of my school work done and then the next on my list would be working out. Only if I got all of these done would I hang out with friends. Visualizing what your priorities are everyday will make a difference in keeping track of your daily habits. If it helps, put your priorities list somewhere that you will see them often. This way you will be constantly reminded of what they are.

3. The third question: “Am I actually committed to this?”

Or is this another “diet starts tomorrow” kind of fitness plan?

Find real meaning that will keep you committed to your plan. If your motivation to get in-shape is based on a temporary feeling, then your drive will also be temporary. What is the real reason you want to get in shape?

Write your purpose. Print pictures. Make plans.

You can do this!